ACCESS FOR ALL
The Museum of Discovery and Science strongly believes that every child, regardless of financial means, should be able to visit the Museum. The Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities was developed by the Museum to coordinate and optimize its many existing accessibility efforts while identifying new opportunities that help underserved community members better access the museum.
Our Opening Doors programs enable individuals, families and educational groups to access our resources that might otherwise not be able to do so. Consisting of eight sub-programs, it is supported through a blend of annual restricted gifts made in support of individual sub-programs, with the remainder supported through general unrestricted giving to the Museum.
Below is an outline of the current Opening Doors initiatives:
Underserved School Accessibility Programs: Increasing access to educational resources for teachers/students from underserved school districts.
- School Outreach Programs: Provides free STEM-focused Museum on Wheels programs on school campuses, as well as field trip scholarships to students attending Broward County Public Schools.
- Summer Discovery Camp Scholarship Program: Provides one-week scholarships for a minimum of 12 Broward County Public Schools students to our science and nature themed summer camp, including three major field trip destinations to compliment the camp experience.
- Educator Accessibility: Provides free museum admission to more than 1,000 teachers each year, enabling them to preview the museum and its programming prior to booking field trips.
- Leo Goodwin Foundation “Good4U”Kids’ Club: Allows social service organizations group access throughout the year for free. 21 organizations participated in the program in 2017.
- The Complimentary Pass Program: Provides free Museum admission passes to over 250 regional non-profits/schools to be used for fundraising efforts, which broaden awareness of the Museum across the community.
- Museums for All: Launched at the Museum on January 1, 2019, this increasingly popular national program model provides community members with EBT cards our lowest discounted admission of $2.00 per person. EBT holders are some of the most community’s vulnerable and in-need and are often receiving support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Learn more.
- Military Discount Programs: Launched this spring, this program honors serving and veteran military personnel. Discounted admission is offered to all active and retired military throughout the year. Free military admission is offered to all military during annual Fleet Week. And in participation with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Museums offers free admission to active military and their family members during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program.
Workforce Readiness Programs: Providing STEM-focused career experiences for youth.
- Transition to Independent Living Program: Annually provides approximately 15 young adults, who have aged out of the foster care system (ages 18-24), paid work experience year round, including training and leadership skills.